Stop delays in treatment of sickle cell pain patients: Believe what the patient tells you
Patients with sickle cell disease coming to EDs with an acute pain episode waited an average of 90 minutes for the first analgesic to be given, says a new study. • Patients may not appear to be in severe pain because they have chronic pain. • High triage scores and individual care plans can speed treatment. • Remember that patients are at high risk for infcction.